PASSPORT MASKS

LEGA
Passport Mask 30
6" high
SOLD

 

BASSA
Passport Mask 601
8" high
$600

The masks above have been vettted as being authentic with signs of use and age.


PASSPORT STYLE MASKS

Despite their appearance, the masks below show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

IGBO
Passport Mask 1
6.5" high
SOLD

BAMANA
Passport Mask 2
8" high
$40

LWALWA
Passport Mask 1
6.5" high
$40

TOMA
Passport Mask 5
4.5 - 9.5" high
$125

BEMBE
Passport Masks 1 - 3
5.5"- 6" high
$40 each

HEMBA
Passport Masks
4.25" - 5.5" high
ALL SOLD

 

LEGA
Passport Masks 1-24
3.5" - 7" high
$30 - $60 each

LEGA
Pendant Masks 31-34
3" high
$30 each

MBOLE
Passport Masks 1-8
5" - 6.75" high
$30 - $40 each

TOMA
Passport Masks 1-4
5.5" - 7" high
$40 -$80 each

BAULE
Metal Masks 1-30
5.5"-7" high
$75-$125

Dan
Metal Masks 51-55
8.5"-9" high
$300

Dan
Mini Masks 1-24
3"-6.5" high
$30-$40

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MINIATURE MASKS, West and Central Africa

The best known tradition of using miniature masks were by the Dan people of Liberia and the Ivory Coast.

The Dan people carried small masks (less than 20 cm high) which are sometimes called "passport" masks. They are sewn onto a piece of cloth and kept in a leather pouch and possibly worn in the small of the back. They are miniature copies of a family mask and sometimes received libations. These apotropaic masks also act as witnesses during initiation ceremonies.

-----From The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

Please note the sizes carefully. Photographs of small objects can make them appear much larger than they are.

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